Create Beautiful Containers of Plants

Debco Potted Garden

For maximum summer colour in your garden it's a great idea to grow plants in containers. These can be moved from place to place around the garden as you need them, decorating the front door one day, the patio the next and around the pool later on.

 

Always take care selecting a container for your garden. Make sure it suits the style and character of your site and, if possible, try to get some continuity in looks between the different containers on your patio. For example, they could repeat a consistent shape or material.

 

Choose the largest container size that is practical for you. This will not only suit the scale of your garden but will also allow you to grow more adventurous planting schemes by combining a range of beautiful seedlings and perennials. Selecting plants for containers is not difficult. Follow these pieces of advice for the best results:

  • always grow plants together that need similar conditions of sun or shade so each plant can really prosper
  •  consider how the plants will look as a colour combination. Hot colours – orange, red and yellow – look best in the full, hot light of the Australian sun, but cooler colours – white and blue – can offer glorious effects in the shade
  •  foliage plants like Parsley 'Afro' or Cineraria 'Silver Dust' make a great foil for flower displays and offer a touch of class
  •  consider how your display will look in your chosen pot. The overall balance of the display is vital with height at the centre, some middle bulk and trailing plants to soften the edge of the pot
  •  to reduce the time between planting and flowering, select seedlings. Many will be in flower when you buy them, allowing you to assess the effect of your planting combination at the very start.

  

The following recipes will offer you delightful displays for summer colour and for your enjoyment. You can reduce the size of your container but always keep the feature plant and reduce the number of surrounding seedlings accordingly.

 

Planting Recipe 1

LOCATION: Full sun

REQUIREMENTS:
One 350mm diameter container (blue glazed would look terrific) – ensure it has a drainage hole.
One 30 litre bag Debco Terracotta & Tub

Debco Terracotta & Tub
One Erysimum 'Apricot Delight'
Three Rudbeckia 'Becky'
Three Petunia 'Lovely Lavender'
Six Parsley 'Afro'

METHOD:
1. Soak the plants to make certain their potting mix is thoroughly wetted.
2. Pour the Debco Terracotta & Tub into your container, allowing enough space for the depth of your Erysimum 'Apricot Delight'.
3. Knock your Erysimum out of the pot and place it at the centre of your container.
4. Continue to add Debco Terracotta & Tub  to within 3-5 cm of the top of the container.
5. Gently squeeze your Rudbeckia and Petunia seedlings from their container and plant them gently in the mix so that they sit at the same level as they were in the punnet (Note that with the Debco Terracotta & Tub mix you will not need to tease out the roots of your plants, they will grow vigorously in this mix so long as you water effectively).
6. Now use Parsley 'Afro' to fill the spaces between plants. This will provide an effective textural foil to your display.
7. Soak your display thoroughly, watch it grow and enjoy it!

 

Planting Recipe 2

LOCATION: Light Shade

REQUIREMENTS:
One 350-450mm diameter terracotta pot
One 30 litre Debco Terracotta & Tub

Debco Terracotta & Tub
One Hosta 'June'
Three Lilium regale
Three Impatiens 'Musk Pink'
Six Campanula 'Isabella Blue'

METHOD:
1. Soak all the plants to ensure the potting mix is thoroughly wet.
2. Pour the Debco Terracotta & Tub into your container, allowing for the depth of your Hosta.
3. Slide Hosta 'June' from its pot and place at the centre of the container.
4. Plant Lilium regale in a group to one side of the Hosta. Ultimately this will be the rear of the container.
5. Fill the container to within 3-5cms from the top.
6. Plant your Impatiens 'Musk Pink' and Campanula 'Isabella Blue' around the edge of the container, leaving adequate space for the foliage of the Hosta to develop fully.
7. Water the container thoroughly and move it to a lightly shaded garden setting.

 

Planting Recipe 3
LOCATION: Full Sun

REQUIREMENTS:
One long terracotta container trough

One 30 litre bag Debco Terracotta & Tub
Debco Terracotta & Tub

 Three Lavandula 'Pukehou'
Five Petunia 'Azure Blue'
Five Petunia 'Midnight Blue'
Five Cineraria 'Silver Dust'

METHOD:
1. Place some Debco Terracotta & Tub in the base of the container.
2. Plant the Lavandula 'Pukehou' in an equally spaced row in the container, leaving space for Petunias to be planted at the end of the container.
3. Fill the container with Debco Terracotta & Tub to within 3-5cm from the top of the container.
4. Plant Petunia 'Azure Blue' and Petunia 'Midnight Blue' along the edge of the container, between the lavenders.
5. Fill in with Cineraria 'Silver Dust' to provide a delicate foil to the blues of the petunias.
6. Soak thoroughly and place in a sunny position.

 

Planting Recipe 4
LOCATION: Full sun

REQUIREMENTS:
One wide, low container
One 30 litre bag Debco Terracotta & Tub
Three upright red Pelargonium 'Vogue Red'
Six Cineraria 'Silver Dust'
Six Lobelia erinus 'Cambridge Blue'

METHOD:
1. Plant some Debco Terracotta & Tub in the base of your container.
2. Plant the Pelargonium 'Vogue Red' as a central group for maximum impact.
3. Fill the container with Debco Terracotta & Tub to within 3-5cm from the top of the container.
4. Plant Lobelia erinus 'Cambridge Blue' around the edge of the container so it can easily trail over the edge.
5. Plant Cineraria 'Silver Dust' to provide foliage fill between the Pelargoniums and Lobelia.
6. Soak thoroughly and place in a sunny position.

 

Maintenance

Beautifully planted containers need effective maintenance. The following suggestions will help to make your container displays the envy of all your friends and neighbours.

  • Water your display regularly, daily on warm days, twice a day in really hot weather
  •  Water at the surface of the mix, not over the foliage. This will reduce the risk of fungal attack, protect the blooms and make sure water gets to the roots of your plants
  • Use Debco Plant Food every fortnight during the flowering period. Remember your display can only get food and water from the mix so you must keep a good supply available
  • Continually deadhead your plants. This will make sure they produce an on-going supply of beautifully coloured flowers
  • Where your container planting does not have a front and back, rotate it occasionally to ensure plants receive even light